Walking Shoes that Work from Teva:
‘Cool’, said my teenager when I first sported my new Teva Arrowood Lux walking shoes. Even I could see they had street cred, but an acknowledgement from a style-savvy, 17 year old made me walk tall. How is that for a result before I had even taken a step in my new footwear?
Invited to review a pair of shoes from the Teva Walking Shoe range I requested a shoe that would suit a City Break. The Teva Arrowood Lux was recommended as it is lighter than a boot, and the foam construction is comfy and durable. On the website, it is described as ‘outfitted with lux full-grain leather’ and ‘features the featherweight comfort of Floatlite technology, our new foam construction that’s both ultralight and durable’. The shoes have white speckled soles, light and dark grey uppers, and are trimmed in burgundy along with grey and burgundy laces. Casual with a hint of smart. A bit like me.
Good looks are all very well, but what about comfort? Not being a shoe – habit kind of woman, I own very few pairs and I wear mine forever, or at least until they fall apart. I am loyal, not fickle when it comes to footwear. So a shoe really has to earn its place in my affection. After all, we are going to have a long-term relationship. The Teva shoes were comfy immediately, In fact, my first impression was of being propelled forwards – a good manoeuvre for a walking shoe. I tend to pronate so the arch support was great for my gait.
The Teva walking shoes came into my life a week before a 9-day City Break to Andalucia – 4 cities actually. During this time a great deal of walking was planned. These shoes were not made for mountain hiking and neither am I. I am a city gal and hoped my Tevas were too.
So how would they hold up to pounding the pavements of Malaga, Seville, Cordoba and Granada? Could they withstand the hours of standing in crowds waiting for the processions of Holy Week to inch by or museums to open? They had better because we were travelling light – hand luggage only meant that the Tevas were the only shoes I had.
For 9 days we hardly sat down except for pit stops for tapas and ice creams. We traversed all sorts of terrain from cobblestones in Cordoba to sand on the beach at Malaga. One morning we climbed a very steep hill to reach the Alhambra in Granada. I was all puffed out by the time we reached the top but my feet were fine.
We were literally on our feet for up to 10 hours a day. On not one occasion did my feet hurt. In fact, I have never been so unaware of my feet on a City Break. This is not something I take for granted. A few years ago we travelled to Marrakech for a week. We walked a similar amount to this holiday. When I returned home, I had such pain in my right foot that it took 6 months of regular sessions with my osteopath before my foot returned to normal. That’s what happens when you don’t wear the right shoes on cobblestones.
Usually, on a City Break, my feet hurt at night when I finally get to take off my shoes. You know that feeling of relief when you sit down at the end of a long day and pull your shoes off? I never had that feeling because I was still comfy by the time we finally stopped for the day.
The shoes even cut the mustard on a smarter night out. We booked a chic restaurant for 9 pm on Maundy Thursday, the night that Seville does not sleep. Processions continue throughout the night while religious icons are transported on floats through the city. A million visitors pack the streets of Seville to participate in this spectacle. So you need to fuel up. I donned a smart pair of trousers for the dinner, but this was no night for heels. In fact, I never wear heels. My Tevas looked quite acceptable I thought, what with the cheerful burgundy trim and the grey uppers. Afterwards, we walked and stood in dense crowds most of the night. Someone stood on my foot but aside from that I was cosy and comfy.
So would I recommend a Teva Walking Shoe to my nearest and dearest? Without hesitation. It has style, comfort, support and durability. I have a new friend in my shoe cupboard and we’ll be walking through the next chapter of my life together.